Volleyball Drops 3-2 Heartbreaker To No. 17 Arizona

Oct. 4, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington volleyball team (10-5, 2-4 Pac-10) lost its second straight five-game nail biter in as many nights, this time to No. 17 Arizona (7-6, 2-3 Pac-10), 23-30, 30-24, 30-28, 21-30, 15-12, in the Bank of America Arena.

The Huskies topped the Wildcats in hitting percentage, kills and aces but couldn't hold on for the win. The difference in the game was Washington's 23 service errors to Arizona's eight.

Washington took game one, 30-23, behind the six-kill performances of senior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) and sophomore Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) as the team out hit Arizona, .269- .116.

The Wildcats responded, winning games two and three by narrow 30-24 and 30-28 margins. In game three, the Huskies led by as many as six at 16-10 but Arizona chipped away at the UW lead behind the nine kill performance of Kim Glass.

The Huskies regained momentum in game four, leading from start to finish for the 30-21 win. Washington utilized a .345 hitting percentage to Arizona's .111 to earn the victory. Benjamin recorded six of the Huskies 13 kills in the game.

In game five, the teams played even through 12-12 but a UW error and two Glass kills put the game out of reach, 15-12.

Benjamin finished with a match-high 28 kills, while Tomasevic added 22 kills and 11 digs. Freshman libero Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) led the Husky defense with 12 digs and freshman Darla Myhre (Victoria, British Columbia) collected four block assists on the night.

Washington returns to action next Friday, October 11 when it hosts cross-state rivals, No. 19 Washington State at 7 p.m.


Arizona def. Washington (Seattle, Wash.)- October 4, 2002

No. 17 Arizona (7-6, 2-3) def. Washington (10-5, 2-4), (23-30, 30-24, 30-28, 21-30, 15-12)

Kills: UW 71 (Benjamin 28), UA 63 (Glass 26); Hitting: UW .232, UA .218; Assists: UW 63 (Maurer 56), UA 58 (Gardner 46); Service Aces: UW 12 (Maurer 3), UA 7; Digs: UW 62 (Lee 13), UA 78 (Rutledge, Glass 14); Team Blocks: UW 8.5, UA 11.5.

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